Anthony Girl Dies From Suspected Beating Injuries

Anthony, NM – A 5-year-old Anthony girl has died from injuries that authorities believe were inflicted by her mother.

The child had bruises across her body, bleeding on her brain, and at least one broken rib when she arrived unconscious at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday.

District Attorney Susana Martinez says the girl also had more than a dozen puncture wounds, what appeared to be a human bite mark on her ankle and scratch marks on her chest.

The girl's mother, 27-year-old Jessica Barron, remains held at the Dona Ana County jail on $100,000 cash bond. She is expected to be charged with intentional child abuse resulting in death, which carries a life in prison sentence if she's convicted.

Earlier, Barron was charged with tampering with evidence in the case.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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